Sold March 2007 Back to Archive

7 1/4 inch gauge freelance shunter - stock code 3036

I sold this one back at the start of 2007, it's recently come back from a local railway as a part exchange. Pictures and words below are from the archive, condition is still completely horrible and the engine needs a new rope on its starter.

A freelance scratch-built shunter, based on an elderly pair of Mardyke bogies with a Briggs & Stratton rope-start engine installed in the front one. It has been doing junior driver training duties on a commercial light railway until recently, the cab will comfortably house a ten year old or, by folding open the rear doors, old men can get in as well (provided you're not too long in the leg).

A large engine at just on seven feet long, the bogies allow it to negotiate tight garden railway-type curves.

I've thought long and hard about this one and, after a fairly careful trawl through the archive I think I'm right in saying I've never bought quite such an appalling looking engine in the past.

Length 84 inches
Weight approx 300 pounds

gauge 7 1/4 inch